Properties with Premium Views for Less than $150,000

A great view usually translates into a premium price tag. But you can afford a home with stunning vistas if know the right place to look. For example, I know of one Pacific coast town where a beachfront condo with Californian-style ocean views and a similar lifestyle will only set you back $119,000.

You’d need at least three times that to get close to the beach in California. So, if you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to ditch your dream of owning a home with a killer view, take a look at the three picks below.

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Beach Scenes in Vallarta, Mexico

This west-coast destination in Mexico hit the headlines in 1963. John Huston filmed part of Night of the Iguana in Vallarta. The world’s press descended on the town to follow the romance between Richard Burton, a star in the movie, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Many viewers simply wanted the real skinny on the famous Hollywood stars. But others were grabbed by Vallarta’s colonial architecture and sun-drenched beaches. Tourists and expats started to flock to this little fishing village. Today, around 50,000 North Americans live in Vallarta or own property there.

The town is no longer a rustic fishing village. Instead, it’s a sophisticated city with top-notch amenities, including golf, marinas and shopping. It’s home to more than 600 restaurants, cafés and bars. It’s got a rich cultural and arts scene, and hosts jazz, photography and food festivals.

All in all, it’s hard to beat Vallarta as a second home or retirement destination.

Just south of town, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo boasts spectacular views of the ocean, beach and jungle-covered hills. It’s in a beachfront complex with a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a large sun deck, a gym and a heated Jacuzzi. And right now it’s listing for just $119,000.

Lake-Views in Arenal, Costa Rica

You won’t come across 24-hour shopping or big malls in this tranquil setting. You won’t find cookie-cutter subdivisions or high rise condos, either. And you won’t fight your way through crowds of tourists when you want to fish or sail or kayak on its biggest amenity: the lake.

You’ll wonder why this place is so undeveloped—and why property prices are so low. In many other lakeside settings, you’d pay a small fortune for lake access and lake views. In Arenal, Costa Rica, you won’t. Yet it’s easy to get to and it’s postcard-pretty, with quiet country charms that will soon win you over. But it’s overlooked by mainstream tourists. And property buyers don’t know about this magical location. That’s good news for you. A property with a view on this lakeshore won’t break the bank.

A 3.5-acre parcel of land runs from the lakeshore road right down to a protected bay on the lake. It’s close to a yacht club and a country club. There’s enough land for a landscaped yard and swimming pool. You could even grow your own produce—and tropical fruit like mangoes and bananas. You can build a custom house in this location for around $80 per square foot. A 1,400-square-foot home would cost $112,000. I know where I’d put the hot tub—on a big terrace looking out toward the lake. The 3.5-acre parcel is priced at $99,000—and the price is negotiable.

Overlook the Marina in Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas is a lively resort city on Ecuador’s Pacific coast that offers great value for money when it comes to beachfront or ocean-view real estate. And it’s a fun place to spend time.

It’s got all the resort city amenities you’d expect—restaurants, cafés, bars and a buzzing nightlife. And it’s got year-round amenities, too. You can shop in a mall, buy groceries in modern supermarkets and see movies at the movie theater. There’s a big seafood and produce market and plenty of banks and beauty salons and hardware stores.

More expats and retirees are moving to Salinas, seduced by its warm, dry climate, pretty beaches and low cost of living. You can live the good life here—and enjoy an active beach lifestyle—for less.

And the same applies to property. Your real estate dollar goes a long way in Salinas.

Popular with sailors and sport fishermen since the 1930s, Salinas boasts two yacht clubs. Puerto Lucia is the newest. It’s got a beach club, full-service marina, hotel and the yacht club. The yacht club boasts a swimming pool, three tennis courts and restaurants.

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in the Puerto Lucia complex comes fully furnished. It’s got marina and ocean views. It’s large, with 1,291 square feet of living space. It’s listed at $145,000. That’s a great price for a setting like this.

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